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"The child is both a hope and a promise for the future"

Montessori  is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthood based on the observation of children's needs in a variety of cultures all around the world.

Beginning her work almost a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori developed this educational approach based on her understanding of children's natural learning tendencies as they unfold in "prepared environments" for multi-age groups (0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and 12-14).

The Montessori environment contains specially designed, manipulative "materials for development" that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.

Dr.Maria Montessori

Montessori education

The Montessori system of education, named after Dr. Maria Montessori has today, become synonymous with pre-school education. Her concepts revolutionized the way the world saw small children.

THE MONTESSORI METHOD

Dr.Maria Montessori

Dr.Maria Montessori began her career as an educator of children working with a group of fifty children, three-to-five year old, on January 6th, 1907 in the City of Rome. She had at her disposal an untrained assistant, a room, a bit of furniture and developmental materials to aid sense perception which she had previously used when working with mentally retarded and physically handicapped children. Those children had to be encouraged to show their interests was aroused. Once enticed to use the materials, their attention was volatile. Dr.Montessori was astonished to see that the little ones, however, were intensely attracted by the materials, working spontaneously and repeatedly with them in total concentration.

Being a scientist, Dr.Montessori observed and responded to this phenomenon of spontaneous work generated by the apparatus. Little by little, through the experimental process of trial and error, she created a highly specialized form of apparatus to the child which afforded a source of profound satisfaction. In addition, she provided an environment suited to and respectful of the children's inherent characteristics, "the prepared environment".

Out of this experimental foundation, the "Montessori Method of Education" evolved. Observing the quality of interaction between the children and their environment, and the choice or rejection of materials placed at the children's disposal, Dr.Montessori formulated a comprehensive science of human life in all its aspects and manifestations.

She referred to the mind of a child between 0 - 6 years of age, as the Absorbent Mind. During this time the child literally absorbs everything in his environment through sensorial exploration. By sensorially absorbing the surroundings, a child forms his personality and himself. He constructs his mind, his memory power to understand and ability to think through impressions gained from the environment.

Educational research has also verified that the early years are the most important years of a child's life.

It is during the period between conception and four years that the child develops 50-60 % of his intelligence and another 30% between the ages 4 to 8 years. Very little develops after that.

Today each parent wants to give their child the best education, however they have grown to realize that academic achievement alone will not prepare their child for life. Each child has certain vital needs as it grows up. In an academic environment these needs are generalized, hence these needs may be overlooked. However Montessori education strives to fulfill these individual needs.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that a child has the inbuilt tendency to learn by himself. The child is the constructor of the adult. Mother Nature has endowed the child with necessary powers to fulfill this task.

The child achieves various levels of growth, within the time spans fixed by nature. We have no control over them. All he needs is an encouraging environment, which fulfills his developmental needs.

The key elements of the Montessori method are Self-education, individual instruction, didactic materials, a specially prepared environment and the trained directress.

A Montessori school provides prepared environments for children at each successive developmental plane where children are given freedom to work according to their inner urges. The child's natural interest in learning is encouraged by giving opportunities in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Within a framework of order eliminating the bane of competition, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities. These environments allow them to take responsibility for their own education. A sophisticated balance between liberty and discipline is prevalent.

Maria Montessori's fame is largely due to the apparatus to which her name has been given and to the result it produces while bringing out the hidden learning powers of the child. Younger children are intensely attracted to these materials and use them spontaneously, independently, repeatedly and with deep concentration.

The teacher's role is to provide the right environment for the child and make sure that the child can work at his own development in peace and freedom. The adult should understand that it is the child who has to achieve his goals. The adult cannot do it for him. Therefore, the adult should learn not think, "I have to mould my child. I have to make him a doctor, engineer etc." The role of building the child is that of nature and the child himself.

"Knowledge is necessary, but not sufficient. The well educated person is a well developed person who knows how to live a healthy life in every aspect of human existence – a well developed personality".

Our mother Theresa Montessori  training Institute is completing its 11th year  and we are stepping into the 12th year. Every year about 80-100 students have passed with great colours. They are employed in various Government, CBSE and Matriculation Schools in Tamilnadu.

In Tamilnadu, Mother Theresa Montessori is the First Montessori Teacher Training Institute of Bharat Sevak Samaj.  “Mother Theresa Montessori Teacher Training Institution” has come forward as a very specialized training centre of excellence and provides training with all the modern methods as in developed countries bringing forth good teachers  as they can be an asset to all the reputed Montessori Schools in Tamilnadu.

This expert training facilities the teachers to establish a direct rapport with the budding personality of the children. This institution  also provides all the modern aids and Techniques, to train teachers who can in turn train the children anywhere in Educational institution all over the Tamilnadu. In other words, “The Mother Theresa Montessori Teacher Training Institute” is one of the most unique and pioneer Institution in Tamilnadu. Students who are trained here will be awarded Diplomas through Bharat Sevak Samaj, New Delhi.

Character education: Education of character is considered equally with academic education, children learning to take care of themselves, their environment, each other - cooking, cleaning, building, gardening, moving gracefully, speaking politely, being considerate and helpful, doing social work in the community, etc.

 
     
 
 
 
 
 
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